The roads are heating up this summer, and that means your risk of tire blowout increases. If you have a long commute or you're planning a road trip this summer, you want to do everything you can to not be stuck on the side of the road changing a tire. Here are five ways to reduce your risk of tire blowout:
1. Keep your tires properly inflated
The best way to prevent a blowout is to check your tire pressure before going on a long trip. The pressure in your tires should match the manufacturer's specifications. You can find this information on the driver's side door or in the glove compartment. Under inflated tires are the most common cause of tire blowouts. However, inflating the tire too much can also cause it to pop so be sure and use the exact specifications.
2. Buy performance tires
Performance tires aren't just for racers or fancy cars anymore. Performance tires offer huge advantages, especially with regard to safety. Due to the thickness and material of these tires, they are less thermally conductive than standard tires. This means that when the asphalt heats up, they won't. This significantly reduces your risk of tire blowout. You can purchase performance tires from places like Westside Tire.
3. Don't weigh down your car
It's tempting to overload your car, especially when you're going on a road trip, but all that extra weight puts stress and strain on your tires. Your tires are already stressed from going long distances, so don't pack your car full this summer. You can find information on your car's maximum load in the manual. Try and keep the amount of weight you carry at about half of that or less to ease the burden on your tires.
4. Avoid potholes
Potholes and debris can cause enough damage to a tire to cause it to immediately pop. In most instances, however, the damage will cause a blowout later. Avoid all potholes and debris if possible. If you hit a pothole that was unavoidable or not visible, pull over when safe to do so and check for flatness, unusual wear, or visible punctures or cracks. Change your tire if these signs are present. If you don't see damage to your tires, have them inspected at the first available opportunity by a mechanic or tire specialist to check for hidden damage.
5. Have your tires inflated with nitrogen instead of air
Nitrogen inflated tires not only give you better gas mileage, but they can reduce the risk of tire blowout. Nitrogen acts differently than oxygen in tires. Nitrogen keeps your tire pressure more stable because it is less likely to leak out of the tire. This also means that tire pressure will not change much even when the temperature heats up. Nitrogen inflated tires also resist water buildup, which makes them more resistant to heat. Ask about nitrogen next time you get your tires rotated or checked.
These are five ways you can reduce your risk of tire blowout to have a safe trip this summer.